Cryptic Spaces

Dark Edge Rising

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
460 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2017
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Author Biography

Deen Ferrell has been writing since Junior High, where he wrote his first “novel,” which consisted of 49 hand-written pages about a time-traveling antagonist who has psychic abilities. He continued to churn out songs, poems, and story treatments through High School. At Brigham Young University, where he studied film, he won several awards for his plays and had one toured throughout the western states to over 30 performances. His senior film project, “More Bull than Dozer,” which he wrote and art-directed, was selected at the Western Regional Finalist by the Academy of Motion Picture and Television Sciences, and represented BYU in the Student Academy Awards. “Cryptic Spaces; Foresight” is his first published full-length novel, but his third completed book. He has also published numerous poems, short stories, and songs.
Deen writes to inspire and provide hope while entertaining with his stories. He also enjoys layering humor into his characters. “Life is too short,” he says. “We all need to learn to smile at ourselves and the craziness life puts us through more.”
He lives today in Valencia, California with his wife, four children, and a cat he rescued from a dumpster bin named “Dusty.” He enjoys jogging, hiking, movies, reading, public speaking, history, travel, art, technology, and anything to do with the beach.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

Cryptic Spaces: Dark Edge Rising by Deen Ferrell is a spellbinding novel that combines fantasy with sci-fi to usher readers into a world full of adventure and extraordinary happenings. A story with an international setting that is vividly captured in beautiful writing, taking readers across continents and countries, and plunging them into challenges they never could have imagined. Guided by an artificial intelligence that is at times hard to trust, Willoughby, Sydney, Antonio, and Dr. J race against time to save their friend T.K. But while they work hard and quickly to help their friend, there are deadly forces on the move as well, and they might not have enough time, and what could the cry of a ghost have to do with the fate of their team? Read on to discover what happens when the Dark Edge surfaces.

The first thing that caught my attention as I started reading this book was the wonderful prose and the author’s storytelling skills. Right from the beginning the author plunges the reader into a stream of consciousness that is executed with awesome mastery, underpinning the author’s perceptive style and insightful narrative. The story is emotionally charged and readers can’t breathe as they follow the characters through nonstop action. The setting features images and places that are beautifully described; there are colorful images that will stay with readers after they are done reading. The conflict drives the plot and creates a lot of excitement in the reader. Deen Ferrell is a master storyteller and Cryptic Spaces: Dark Edge Rising is a great story, balanced and deftly executed.